ULM announces 2019-20 men’s basketball schedule

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MONROE, La. – Fifteen home games and road trips to Texas A&M, Mississippi State and Butler highlight the 2019-20 men’s basketball schedule, as announced by head coach Keith Richard Wednesday afternoon. Game times are subject to change.

The Warhawks are coming off a 19-16 season in 2018-19, and reached the CollegeInsider.com Tournament quarterfinals. It marked the 13th postseason appearance in program history, and the fourth in the last five years.

ULM will also play seven games against teams that qualified for the postseason in 2018-19. Mississippi State and Georgia State each qualified for the NCAA Tournament, Butler played in the NIT, Coastal Carolina reached the semifinals of the College Basketball Invitational and Grambling State and Texas State each competed in the CIT.

“Overall, this schedule is a good one for us,” Richard said. “15 home games and a trip to historic Hinkle Fieldhouse to play Butler University stand out in my mind.”

The Warhawks will play just over half of their games inside Fant-Ewing Coliseum, where they posted a 14-3 record last season. Richard says student and fan support gave the team one of the best home court advantages in the Sun Belt, averaging 3,341 fans per game.

“Coming off last year’s home court success, I’m glad we were able to get those 15 home games,” Richard said. “My hope is that we can continue the momentum we created at home last year.”

ULM opens the season with back-to-back home games, hosting Louisiana College in the season opener on Nov. 5. Four days later, the Warhawks host Alcorn State for an 11 a.m. tip-off on Nov. 9, ahead of an afternoon kickoff for ULM football vs. Georgia State. The Warhawks then hit the road to face Texas A&M and Mississippi State. After taking 12 days off around Thanksgiving, ULM closes out the month of November by hosting Northwestern State on the 26th.

In December, ULM continues what is a three-game home stand. The Warhawks host Millsaps on Dec. 4 and entertain Grambling State on Dec. 10. After a trip to Stephen F. Austin, the Warhawks open Sun Belt Conference play at home, hosting Little Rock (Dec. 19) and Arkansas State (Dec. 21). Following Christmas, ULM closes out the non-conference slate with a trip to Indianapolis to face Butler on Dec. 28.

“Hinkle Fieldhouse is one of the most unique places to play in the country,” Richard said. “Also, it’s in Michael Ertel’s hometown of Indianapolis. What a neat moment it will be for him.”

Sun Belt play heats up again in January. ULM hosts Troy (Jan. 2) and South Alabama (Jan. 4) to open the month, before going on a three-game road swing to Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern and Georgia State. The Warhawks host Texas State (Jan. 16) and UT Arlington (Jan. 18) before closing the month and opening February with three straight road games. The Warhawks visit the Ragin’ Cajuns, Texas State and UT Arlington.

ULM is at home just three times in February. The Warhawks host Georgia Southern (Feb. 6) and Georgia State (Feb. 8) before heading back on the road to Troy and South Alabama. The Ragin’ Cajuns come to Fant-Ewing Coliseum on Feb. 22. ULM then heads out on its final road trip of the season, visiting Little Rock and Arkansas State to wrap up the month. The Warhawks host Appalachian State in the regular season finale on a Tuesday night, March 3.

The Warhawks return six players from last season, led by two double figure scorers in Ertel and JD Williams. Ertel, a junior, is the leading returning scorer at 15.5 points per game. He drained 80 3-pointers while handing out 99 assists last season, en route to All-Sun Belt Third Team honors. Williams posted 12.2 points per game last season. The duo helped pace an offense that averaged 79.2 points per game, the most by a Warhawk squad since 1993-94 (82.0 points per game).

“We have some really good returning players, but lots of new faces with eight newcomers,” Richard said. “I know they are looking forward to playing this schedule and competing night in and night out.”

Season tickets are available by calling 318-342-HAWK or by going online to ULMWarhawks.com. Ticket prices remain the same as last season, with courtside seats at $400, floor risers at $250, reserved seating at $200 and general admission for $150.

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